Cities of Colour – Rajasthan, India


Cities of Colour, India

Rajasthani Cities of Colour

The Indian Cities of Colour refer to three cities in the desert state of Rajasthan. They each of their own unique charm. These cities and colours are namely:

Jaipur, the pink city
Jodhpur, the blue city
Jaisalmer, the yellow city.

So how and why are each of these cities associated with a given colour?

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Hawa Mahal in ‘the pink city’

Jaipur, The Pink City

Jaipur is one of the most common stop on any tourist’s visit to India. It is a large bustling city where you will certainly be able to get your hands full of India hassles, hustles and happiness. One of the major tourist attractions in Jaipur is the part of the city that is referred to as ‘the pink city’. Don’t get too carried away by the name. It’s more of an adobe type of colour, but somehow dubbing it the pink city seemed appealing. You will start to get a real taste for Rajasthan in Jaipur, filled with the desert heat, camels and snake charmers. Jaipur has many sights and even multiple forts including the famed Amber Fort.

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View from the fort of the blue city

Jodhpur, The Blue City

As you continue further into the desert, you’ll head towards ‘the blue city’ of Jodhpur. This city gets its name from the indigo paint that many Brahmans use in order to cover their houses. Wandering around the blue city is certainly a lot more tranquil than the pink city, but it is still quite populated. Make your way up to the fort, an you’ll be rewarded with many picturesque views where the contrast in colours between the fort an the city below will provide many postcard worthy shots.

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The outer gate, dividing inside and outside the golden fort

Jaisalmer, The Yellow City

Also referred to as ‘the golden city’, Jaisalmer is by far the smallest and the most remote of the three cities of colour. The major pull to Jaisalmer tends to be camel treks, but you’ll find that if you stick around a little while longer, you’ll be overwhelmed by it’s small town charm and may even enjoy living in this giant sandcastle. The colour of this city is due to it’s sandstone architecture.

Rajasthan is an incredible state to travel around, with incredible colours and forts that abound. Even just taking a quick tour through the cities of colour is well worth your time.

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Jonny Jenkins

Jonny Jenkins

My name is Jonny, my friends call me Stef. I'm Canadian born, but don't find my identity based upon some borders that man drew hundreds of years ago. I have begun to make my way through the world, travelling and living in many different countries and cultures. I believe whole heartedly in staying longer and going deeper to get the best understanding possible of many different perspectives of life. In order to do so, you have to speak the language. I am no polyglot, but have started to put more emphasis on learning languages in the last few years. I have learned Spanish, relearned French, and started in on Portuguese, German, Indonesian and Malagasy. When it comes to the third world, I am willing to help where they (and not I) decide they need it... in the first world, I am hoping to inspire and motivate people to live more engaging lives.

14 Replies to “Cities of Colour – Rajasthan, India”

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      Thanks for the input, I’ll get right on adding it.

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